The Brownstown Speedway has announced it champions for the 2022 racing season. Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh (super late models), Tyler Collins of North Vernon (ILMS), Jordan Wever of Bloomington (modifieds), Zach Sasser of Beford (super stocks), Dusten Carr of Underwood (pure stocks), Michael Brewer of North Vernon (hornets) and Brandon Cranmer of Jeffersonville (crown vics) won their respective divisions this year.
Stapleton won his second career super late model track championship at Brownstown to go along with his title in 2015. Skyller Lewis of Brownstown had his best career points finish with a second-place to Stapleton in 2022. Devin Gilpin of Columbus was third in points followed by Jared Bailey of Bedford and Keegan Cox of Franklin.
Completing the top 10 in the super late model points were Scott James, Greg Johnson, Quentin White, Tristan Chamberlain and Casey White.
Collins won the pro crate late model division championship over Britan Godsey of Bedford, Alan Magner of North Vernon, Justin Bowling of Salem and Jug Wethington of Trafalgar. The rest of the top 10 drivers were Chad Stapleton, Steve Peeden, Caleb Schryer, Zack Burton and Tyler Neal. Wethington was named rookie-of-the-year in the division.
Wever won his first Brownstown title winning the modified crown over Brayden Watson of Bedford, Nathan Vawter of Columbus, Jacoby Hines of Trafalgar and Brent Lee of Crothersville. The rest of the top 10 drivers in the modified class were Jerry Bland Jr., David Winters Jr., Zachary Stalker, Nathan Voorhies and Steve Haefke.
Sasser was the top driver for the first time at Brownstown in the super stock class. Tucker Chastain of Bedford, Greg Amick of Spraytown, Isaiah Sasser of Bedford and Dalton Fleenor of Salem were the top five drivers in the super stock division for 2022. Matt Boknecht led the next five racers with Austin Perry, Grant Simpson, Glynn Neal and Blake Hull rounding out the top ten drivers. Fleenor was named rookie-of-the-year in the class.
Carr won his third consecutive pure stock division championship at Brownstown. Josh Hayes of Seymour was second with Keaton Streeval of Edinburgh placing third. Donnie Wilson of North Vernon was fourth with Preston Carr completing the top five in the pure stock class. D.J. Dunn was sixth in points followed by Eric Lewis, Eric Lynn, Robert White and Josh Johnson. Lynn was the top rookie in the division for 2022.
Brewer a Seymour native won his first career hornet division track championship at Brownstown. Kaleb Caudill of Seymour was second with Davey Waggoner of North Vernon, Scott Smith of Brownstown and Jeremy Shemwell of Indianapolis rounding out the top five drivers this year. The rest of the top in the hornet class for 2022 were Jacob Owens, Brian Pollitt, Keaton Durbin, Shannon Walp, and Don Boling Jr. Durbin was the top rookie in the hornet division for the year.
The Cranmer family battled it out to the end for the crown vic championship with Brandon Cranmer taking the top spot over Michael Cranmer, Joel Smith was third behind the Cranmers with Anthony Finley and Billy Heil filling out the top five drivers. The rest of the top ten were Holly Heil, Ryan Woods, Brayden Reed, Stacie Fitzgerald and Ray Weston. Woods was named rookie-of-year for the class this year.
Brownstown Speedway will honor the Champions, Rookies and the Top 10 in each division on Saturday, January 21 at Pewter Hall in Brownstown.
Chili Bowl entries updated
Exceeding the 300 mark for the ninth year in a row, there are now 355 entries registered for the 37th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, happening Jan. 9-14, inside the SageNet Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Adding one more former champion in the mix, New York’s Tim McCreadie, who won his Golden Driller in 2006, will return in the Daugherty Motorsports No. 39t. McCreadie is a 2-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion.
Other past champions in the mix include Sammy Swindell, Damion Gardner, and defending race winner, Tanner Thorson.
Bringing more international flair, the list of represented countries has grown to include three Canadian drivers, one Australian, and the return of New Zealand Michael Pickens in a Dave Mac – Dalby Motorsports mount. In what will be his 10th appearance since 2005, the nine-time New Zealand Midget Champion has made the big dance six times with a career-best finish in third in 2010.
Keeping with the theme of Dave Mac – Dalby Motorsports, the 300th entry received for the 2023 event was Bixby’s, Cannon McIntosh.
In all, the current list of entries includes 46 former A-Feature starters, along with 62 event rookies. Both numbers are expected to grow as the event draws closer as entries are accepted all the way into the final preliminary night.
James Essex writes a motorsports notebook for The Republic. Send comments to [email protected]